Victims of violence can petition a judge for a protective order.
If you are a victim of violence, you can file a petition for a temporary protective order. A protective order restrains the accused person, also known as the respondent, from harassing, stalking, or threatening the physical safety of the petitioner.
There is no cost to file a petition for a protective order under the state’s Family Violence Act. Petitions must be filed with the Clerk’s Office of the Superior Court of the county where the respondent resides.
You may wish to consult a lawyer before submitting a petition. You can find a lawyer through the State Bar of Georgia. You can also find referrals to legal assistance though the Georgia Commission on Family Violence or local organizations.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and needs someone to talk to, call Georgia's Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-33-HAVEN (1-800-334-2836).